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  • Ken Massingale
    Veteran Member
    • Dec 2002
    • 3862
    • Liberty, SC, USA.
    • Ridgid TS3650

    Got The Jet , Now What???

    Finally found a Jet VS Mini locally! Time to celebrate.
    Now I want to make some pens and pencils. Can I get a list of the equipment need to get started, and the best sources? I know mandrel set, but which, and what else is necessary and what is nice but not necessary.
    Thanks a lot.
    ken
  • Chuck C
    Established Member
    • Dec 2002
    • 430
    • USA.

    #2
    This is the kit of 5 pens and 5 pencils that penn state industries offers. You can see what you get. And while your there you can order a free training DVD

    Express your inner maker. Shop Penn State Industries for fun and inspiring woodturning project kits, pen blanks, pen turning supplies, lathe accessories, midi lathes and more.


    They have lots of stuff but you can make pens and pencils on your JET with this kit. The mandrel that comes with it fits the JET.
    Chuck C

    If the skipper heard you call that deck a floor he would throw you through that little round window

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    • kwgeorge
      Veteran Member
      • Jan 2004
      • 1419
      • Alvin, TX, USA.

      #3
      If you have a Woodcraft near you I like there Mandrels and Pen and Pencil sets personally and it will at least get you going.
      Here I was I think you need to get going.

      1) Pen Mandrel
      2) 7mm Bushing set
      3) 7mm Brad point Drill bit
      4) Thick CA glue (I like it better :-P)
      5) Barrel Trimmer.
      6) Slimline Pen Kits (easiest to start with)
      7) Some 5X3/4X3/4 wood

      If you have a drill press vice you can hold the blank for drilling if not you can make a quick jig. If you have a bench vice you are good to go for assembly for right now.

      I did a tutor on making a slimline you can run through real quick to get the steps in your mind.



      Looking forward to seeing that first pen!

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      • Scottydont
        Veteran Member
        • Aug 2003
        • 2359
        • Edmonds, WA, USA.
        • Delta Industrial Hybrid

        #4
        Right on Ken. WOHOO! KW's post above should cover you. Have a blast!
        Scott
        "The Laminate Flooring Benchtop Guy"

        Edmonds WA

        No coffee, no worky!

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        • Ken Massingale
          Veteran Member
          • Dec 2002
          • 3862
          • Liberty, SC, USA.
          • Ridgid TS3650

          #5
          Thanks Chuck, Ken and Scott.
          I remember seeing a link here to a, I believe a forum members, web site who is selling kits at good prices. Can someone shake this ole memory for me?
          Thanks again,
          Ken

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          • mater
            Veteran Member
            • Jan 2004
            • 4197
            • SC, USA.

            #6
            Looking forward to seeing some nice pens made with that Jet. I am thinking about one in the near future.
            Ken aka "mater"

            " People may doubt what you say but they will never doubt what you do "

            Ken's Den

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            • Rounder
              Veteran Member
              • Jan 2003
              • 1287
              • Sanford, FL, USA.
              • BT3100

              #7
              Ken, now you need to find a second job to pay for every thing you will want for the lathe. My wife and I had this discussion over dinner last night as I was telling her why I wanted a Talon chuck and that it cost more than the lathe itself.
              George AKA Rounder

              "Amarillo Slim, the greatist proposition gambler of all time held to his father's maxim; You can shear a sheep many times, but you can skin him only once."

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              • kwgeorge
                Veteran Member
                • Jan 2004
                • 1419
                • Alvin, TX, USA.

                #8
                Marc at Woodhelp.com was selling pen kits but I think he stopped and went back to just CA.

                So you have not listed in any real order;

                Woodturningz;


                Pens of Color
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                Wood Pen Pro;
                Pen kit or pen craft supplier to include pen kits, bushings, drill bits, mandrels, patriot custom pen clips and a host of acrylic and wood pen blanks


                Then of course you have the normal PSI, Rockler, Woodcraft, Craft Supplies and Packard Wood works.

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                • Ken Massingale
                  Veteran Member
                  • Dec 2002
                  • 3862
                  • Liberty, SC, USA.
                  • Ridgid TS3650

                  #9
                  Thanks again.
                  How are the kits at http://www.woodturningz.com/Main.aspx
                  His price is way less than most others. I like inexpensive, but don't like 'cheap'.
                  ken

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                  • Scottydont
                    Veteran Member
                    • Aug 2003
                    • 2359
                    • Edmonds, WA, USA.
                    • Delta Industrial Hybrid

                    #10
                    quote:Originally posted by Ken Massingale

                    Thanks again.
                    How are the kits at http://www.woodturningz.com/Main.aspx
                    His price is way less than most others. I like inexpensive, but don't like 'cheap'.
                    ken
                    I have some of the slimline pen kits from there. They are as good as Rockler or Woodcraft. As far as quality, slimline are slimlines for the most part. When you get into other mid to higher end kits then you have to be a little more careful about brand. I have been buying kits from Bill Baumbeck of Arizona Siloutte. Bill carries Berea and Craft Supplies USA kits and I like them both. Bill offers specials every Tuesday and posts the special link on www.penturners.org. See this link for his latest specials. http://www.arizonasilhouette.com/Specials.htm
                    Scott
                    "The Laminate Flooring Benchtop Guy"

                    Edmonds WA

                    No coffee, no worky!

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                    • CrashResq
                      Established Member
                      • Apr 2003
                      • 199
                      • Okmulgee, OK, USA
                      • Ryobi BT3100

                      #11
                      Ken,

                      The slimline kits from Ryan at Woodturningz are the slimlines sold by PennState. Ryan resells other PennState kits at the 10+ price. I've used a lot of these kits (love the satin silver and satin black) and have no complaints.

                      Bill (in OK)
                      Bill (in OK)

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                      • guycox
                        Established Member
                        • Dec 2003
                        • 360
                        • Romulak, VA, USA.

                        #12
                        As we are discussing pens. I saw a pen drilling guide somewhere on the net (maybe here) in the past 2 weeks or so. It was made out of MDF, had a set of cross braces and a set of MDF cam locks for clamping the blank against the fore-aft and left/right arms of the cross. -- One responder to the post said that he also used the guide for drilling sheet metal (if that helps anyone recall the posting)..


                        TIA

                        Guy Cox

                        Life isn\'t like a box of chocolates...it\'s more like a jar of jalapenos.
                        What you do today, might burn your butt tomorrow.

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                        • CrashResq
                          Established Member
                          • Apr 2003
                          • 199
                          • Okmulgee, OK, USA
                          • Ryobi BT3100

                          #13
                          Guy,

                          The post you are looking for is here:



                          and links to this site:



                          I made one of these early on in my pen turning and and would not be without it now... it's great.

                          Bill (in OK)
                          Bill (in OK)

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